Ph.D. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. Cornell University
Gretchen Lopez is Director of the Intergroup Dialogue Program at Syracuse University, a faculty member in Cultural Foundations of Education in the School of Education (CFE) and affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her scholarship reflects an extended commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry focused on critical issues of race, gender, class, and education. She has published research in Educational Record, Journal of Social Issues, New Directions for Higher Education, Political Psychology, and Race, Ethnicity, and Education. She recently co-edited a special issue of Equity & Excellence in Education (2012) on “Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference, Social Identities, and Social Justice” subsequently released as book by Routledge (Zúñiga, Lopez, & Ford, 2014). These and other publications center how critical pedagogy may facilitate student understanding of societal inequality and how this further connects to preparation and motivation to act.
Professor Lopez’s current projects focus on co-learning across university and community contexts including the need for intergroup dialogue educational initiatives for high school students, and the broader implications of dialogic learning for diverse college students including for overall well-being. She has received the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award from Syracuse University’s Graduate School and the Racial Justice Award from Central NY’s Interfaith Works and Community Wide Dialogue.